Songs like “Only In America,” “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “Dust On The Bottle,” Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” and “What’s Forever For” are part of country music’s fabric. The songwriters behind them are on their way to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Kix Brooks, Keith Urban, David Lee Murphy, Casey Beathard, and Rafe Van Hoy make up the 2023 class entering the Hall on October 11th during the 53rd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala at Nashville’s Music City Center. John Jarrard will be inducted posthumously in the Legacy category. And, Bobby Bare will be honored with the Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award. For more on the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, visit NashvilleSongwritersFoundation.com.
In Suzanne Alexander’s News segment on American Country Countdown, airing August 12-13, 2023, Kix spoke about what this honor means to him:
“Me and Ronnie [Dunn] have been blessed with a lot of cool stuff, but, man, when I got that call, I literally could not speak. I’ve heard of people being so emotional [that] they couldn’t talk, that’s never happened to me… But, man, that one got me. I really kind of thought it might have passed me by, and it’s why I came to this town in the first place, so wow. I’ve got a lot of buddies in the [Nashville Songwriters] Hall of Fame, too, so that’s a night I’m really looking forward to.”
Watch as Mark Ford, the executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF), introduces this year’s class and hear each inductees-elect’s reaction to the honor.
(Inductees-Elect Speaker Order: Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy, Rafe Van Hoy, Keith Urban, and Kix Brooks)